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BIR shuts down Bacolod, Victorias offices for disinfection after visit of COVID-positive patient

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Two district offices of the Bureau of Internal Revenue were shut down since yesterday, 16 July, after a COVID-positive patient who is a job-order employee of the provincial government checked on his tax identification number.

Norma Bayoneta, who heads Regional District Offices 76 in Victorias City and 77 here confirmed to DNX that the shut down came after it was found out that the Capitol employee went to the Bacolod office morning of yesterday then to the Victorias office in the afternoon.

The employee was checking on his Tax Identification Number as part of the requirements of Capitol.

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Bayoneta also confirmed eight employees in both offices had close contact with the patient.

Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran, chair of the local inter-agency task force, told DNX the patient’s swab test results came out positive yesterday.

Familiaran did not give additional details.

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He was reported to have paid taxes at the BIR office, officially called Revenue District Office 77, in Taculing village here yesterday before the results came out.

Lawyer Rayfrando Diaz, however, said they are not aware about any emoloyee of Capitol who tested positive and who had been payimg taxes at BIR offices.

Vice-Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, however, told DNX one Capitol employee was swabbed for RT-PCR confirmatory test recently.

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No additional details were made available.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.


  1. That is the problem with BIR. They did not find ways to provide TIN via online. What the hell they are doing? When they require applicants for TIN to come to the office to apply? Are they from other planets? That is the worst service I can imagine. Covid is here. DU30 please do something to these insensitive brance of government.


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